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TEAM for West Virginia Children (TEAM) works with communities and families to advance the well-being of children, making their needs and healthy development a priority. TEAM partners with an integrated network of programs to advocate for children, champions family-friendly communities, educate the public, and strengthen families. They convene a Legislative Action Team of the state’s leading organizations to monitor pending legislation and advocate for policies and legislative proposals that benefit children.

State Ally:

Team for West Virginia Children • Huntington, WV

With Support From:

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Top Priorities for 2021

Enact Paid Family and Medical Leave for all West Virginia workers.

Preserve funding for early childhood programs, including childcare and early childhood home visitation programs, despite projected budget shortfall for state budget.

Expand Medicaid coverage to one year postpartum for women up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

West Virginia’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$4.82B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

ALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (R), Senate (R),
Governor (R)

49% LOW-INCOME
82,616 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

West Virginia’s session ended in early March before the pandemic became a major issue in the state. TEAM for West Virginia Children and fellow advocates built unprecedented bipartisan support for Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) and Medicaid Expansion for up to one year postpartum, but these bills died in the House Finance Committee. PFML was enacted at local level for public employees in West Virginia’s most populated county. TEAM and collaborating partners are celebrating wins for foster care reform and child welfare.

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the cover to go to the download page.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020
Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”
State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”
Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape West Virginia early childhood policy.